Bidders pick up Ed Sheeran’s shirt for £1,150 during charity event at Ipswich school
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It was a night to remember for attendees of a charity fashion show, which featured an ex-contestant of The Voice, a West End star and a special gift from one of the most famous singers in the world.
More than £4,500 was raised for East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) during the event at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, with teachers and students of all ages taking to the catwalk.
Co-comperes for the evening were West End and Broadway performer, Ruthie Henshall, and Anglian Radio’s Breakfast show presenter, Wayne Bavin.
As well as helping the night go with a bang, the pair hosted the charity auction. Star lot was a shirt belonging to Ed Sheeran, an ambassador for EACH.
It was picked up by the parents of St Joseph’s pupil, Vibhash Gunasene, for £1,150.
The Year 10 student runs a charity of his own supporting disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka, and he plans to make the checked shirt go further for the cause.
Another highlight was a performance by Ipswich singer Jade MayJean Peters, whose career took off after her television appearance on The Voice.
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Clothing and accessories on display came from Coes, Co-op Opticians, EACH, Gravity, Ivy and Co, Jono, Kiss Dress Hire, Kittys Jules, Scarlett Valentine, Thea Lily Loves and Urban Vintage.
Danielle Clarke, principal of St Joseph’s College, who was among the 120 models on the catwalk, said: “It was a wonderful evening and we all had such fun stepping into the beguiling world of fashion modelling.
“There was a monumental effort behind the fairy tale but the £4,500 raised is a legacy that will do real good for families in most difficult circumstances.
“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved.”
As well as creating the branding for the fashion show, Year 9 pupil Leo Bignell exhibited items from his clothing line, Felidae, at the event.